MSI’s latest gaming notebooks are powered by new Nvidia GPUs, and just hit the market

Back in January at CES 2014, we got our first looks at the GS70 Stealth and GS60 Ghost notebooks at MSI’s suite, which were at the time outfitted with a whole host of revamped specs and improvements. However, one of the key details that MSI opted to remain mum on were the GPUs that MSI was going to stuff into these laptops, so we knew that something was up. Considering that Nvidia recently revealed a brand new lineup of notebook GPUs a couple of weeks back, we knew that it was just a matter of time before they showed up in the Stealth and the Ghost.

MSI just announced that their GS70 Stealth and GS60 Ghost notebooks are available as of today. Before we give you a rundown of the specs, it’s worth noting that all three builds are powered by the Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU clocked at 2.4Ghz. On the GPU front, the $1,699.99 and $1,799.99 GS60 Ghost sports an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU, while the $1,899.99 GS70 Stealth gets a GPU that’s a little higher up on the food chain in the form of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M. The Ghost notebooks sport 15.6 inch displays, while the Stealth is a bit bigger, wearing a 17.3 inch screen. Both feature resolutions of 1080p.

On top of that, the $1,699.99 GS60 Ghost includes a 750GB 7,200 rpm hard drive paired with a 128GB mSATA SSD, 12GB of RAM, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0. The $1,799.99 version of the GS60 Ghost bumps the size of the mechanical hard drive to 1TB, and the RAM to 16GB. Both Ghosts measure 15.35 x 10.47 x 0.78 inches and weigh 4.32 pounds; quite light for a gaming notebook.  All three notebooks have Steelseries keyboards with adjustable lighting built in, along with a trio of USB 3.0 ports, a single mini DisplayPort connector, and a HDMI 1.4 out. Each of these notebooks also runs on a 6-cell battery.

Aside from the improved CPU, GPU, and larger display, the GS70 Stealth is also a bit bulkier. However, with dimensions of 16.47  x 11.29 x 0.85 inches and a weight of 5.73 pounds, the GS70 Stealth is hardly a chore to carry as gaming notebooks go, especially when compared with what was on the market just a couple of years ago.

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